Mountain-Prairie Region  Partners for Fish & Wildlife
Introduction and General Description

Utah is the eleventh largest state in the Nation with 81% of the land base owned by federal or state agencies. Opportunities for the Partners Program are still extensive because private landowners control over 18,000 square miles, and they are some of the most critical habitats for numerous wildlife species. Utah is the second driest state in the nation, so riparian and wetland projects are a high priority. These areas are an extremely valuable but limited resource.

Utah Partners for Fish and Wildlife works with local watershed teams and working groups to set priorities for focus areas. A watershed based management system has been adopted in numerous areas throughout Utah. These priority areas are revisited yearly and adjusted accordingly to watershed and/or local workgroup goals and objectives.

Utah Partner’s Activities

  • Riparian restoration
  • Wetland restoration
  • In-stream restoration
  • Rangeland restoration
  • Noxious plant management

Upland restoration techniques predominately used by Utah Partners for Fish and Wildlife are grass seedings. Riparian and in-stream restoration techniques include fencing to exclude livestock grazing and installing in-stream structures to provide in-stream habitat.

The habitats receiving highest priority are in-stream and riparian habitat. These habitats benefit numerous trust species. We are also directing our restoration/protection efforts toward wetlands and shrub/scrub (sagebrush) communities.

Wildlife Benefiting from Partners Assistance

Waterfowl -- 50% of the breeding cinnamon teal in North America nest in Utah.

Shorebirds -- Great Salt Lake ecosystem was designated as a Site of Hemispheric Importance by the Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network.

photo of shorebirds feeding in shallow water
Feeding shorebirds

Native fish -- Three different species of cutthroat trout are found in Utah streams.

Bonneville cutthroat trout photo
Bonneville cutthroat trout

Amphibians -- Spotted frog

Neotropical migrants -- Common yellowthroat

Mammals -- Utah prairie dog

Resident birds -- Gunnison sage grouse

The Partners Program is currently working on habitat restoration and protection for three different wildlife conservation species. These species include the spotted frog, Bonneville cutthroat trout and Gunnison sage grouse. We are working to protect the existing habitat that already contains these species and expand the population by restoring or enhancing additional adjacent habitat.